City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
September 29, 2020

Spokane County COVID-19 Data
Each day, information evolves about Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19). At the City, we want our citizens and visitors to know that we are working to reduce the spread of this disease in our community, continue to provide critical City services, and address impacts of closures of schools, business and events. For the most recent and local data on cases and outcomes, visit
WA State COVID-19 Data
Track information on this county risk assessment interactive dashboard for cases, hospitalizations and deaths for people who have had a positive molecular test for COVID -19.
Statewide Updates for Airports and Tuition Waiver Proclamation Extended
Governor Jay Inslee released updated standards for airports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect the health and safety of workers, passengers and crew in the aviation sector. Additionally, Inslee extended a proclamation related to the Washington residency requirement for public university tuition waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor's Update
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
City Council Recap
Monday, September 28, 2020
Spokane Public Schools Prepares for In-person Learning
Last week Spokane Regional Health District provided updated guidance for local school districts to begin phasing students into school buildings and Spokane Public Schools has released its reopening plan. This aligns with similar guidance provided across the state. It indicated that this should occur slowly and methodically, with strong adherence to safety protocols, strict cohorts, and contact tracing if necessary. The youngest students and those with the highest need should be the first groups considered for the phasing process.  
Your City at Work
Spartan Axe Dedication
Today, alongside Boone Culter, and Steve Danyluck, Spokane Fire Department was humbled to host the dedication ceremony of the Spartan Axe. The Axe was forged by Ben Hayhurst in Elk, Washington from material from the fallen World Trade Center in New York City. Its purpose is to increase awareness of peer support and suicide prevention among the first responder community. Reinforcing, it is okay to not be okay. It is okay to reach out for help when you are struggling.
Tour the New Downtown Police Precinct
In case you didn't have a chance to take a tour in person, Mayor Woodward has you covered. Let her show you around the new precinct on Riverside and Wall!
Police Activities League Connects with Kids
While COVID -19 cancelled many camp programs this summer, the Spokane Police Department partnered with the YMCA to make sure cops and kids could still safely spend time together. Check out the fun they had this summer!
Businesses on West Main Avenue are Open!
Spokane Transit Authority is proceeding with construction on stop locations for its Central City Line on West Main Avenue between Division and Bernard. While the work makes it more challenging to visit this area, the businesses need your support. Work is expected to continue for another 4 weeks or so until the end of October.
Forty Years in the Parks
After 40 years with Parks & Recreation, Mike Turner is retiring. If you’ve enjoyed the Ferris Perennial Garden in Manito Park over the last few decades, you’ve got Mike to thank. Mike says it’s the people that he’ll miss most. “A big part of my social life is just meeting the people that come visit the garden,” says Turner.

Mike's co-workers know him for being a team player, having a contagiously positive attitude, and great passion for his work. “People come here from all over the world and I do not want to disappoint them says Turner. They have high hopes when they come here.”
We’ll all miss Mike and wish him well in his retirement years!
Be Water Wise with Sprinkler Blowouts
You can help keep the water in your home and neighborhood safe by following a few simple precautionary measures, particularly during the autumn irrigation blowout season. Learn more about backflow and what you can do to ensure that the clean drinking water your family and neighbors enjoy does not risk any contamination. Please contact IIWAC or your local water purveyor for further help and information.
Nonstop Flights from Spokane to Atlanta
Delta Air Lines has announced new daily nonstop service from Spokane International Airport (GEG) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The once-daily flight will begin on November 20, 2020. Tickets are now on sale at
Last Chance to Get Counted!
Census 2020 ends September 30.
Autumn Adventures: Take a Hike or a Bike!
There are miles of trails right in Spokane's back yard. One for every level of adventurer. Check out Visit Spokane's list of 15 Hiking and Biking Trails!
On the Bright Side
Garland District's Artist Alley is full of fun and creativity! One block south of Garland Ave. between Post St. and Monroe St.
Need Utility Assistance?
Through the generosity of over 500 donors, a community relief fund for utilities is available. Those who need utility assistance can contact SNAP at (509) 456-SNAP to request support.

While the matching funds have been exhausted, donations for this effort are always appreciated.
Need Access to Food or Other Supplies?
Contact SNAP at (509) 319-3050 or

Need Mental Health Help?
Contact 24/7: Frontier Crisis Line (509) 838-4428
Contact or Walk-In: Inland Northwest Behavioral Health (509) 992-1888

CHAS Health: (509) 444-8200

Excelsior Wellness Center: (509) 559-3100
Help for children, adults and families is available via telehealth.

Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255

Lutheran Community Services: (509) 747-8224
Intensive Behavioral Health, Victim Advocacy and Foster Care, are available.
#OrderUpSpokane with 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core allows citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders. Check out these lists of restaurants you can support.
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